Onkyo TX DS494 A/V Receivers

4.45/5 (33 Reviews) MSRP : $330.00


Product Description

Get your home theater started off right with Onkyo high fidelity at an affordable price. The handsome TX-DS494 pumps out a respectable 55 watts of high-current, FTC-rated, full-bandwidth power to each of the five channels - more than enough for a thrilling home-theater experience in most entertainment rooms. it also offers an extensive list of features extremely rare in this price range: low-impedance drive to handle higher quality speaker systems (testimony of high-grade parts and engineering excellence), three S-Video inputs & one output to maximize the full potential of your DVDs, three assignable digital inputs for setup flexibility, a 100-kHz frequency response to support DVD-Audio, heavy-duty dual-banana-plug compatible binding posts for all channels to deliver high-quality, loss-free speaker connection, a 5.1 channel input to accomodate multichannel formats, Dolby Pro Logic II to bring some of the excitement and spatial experience of Dolby Digital 5.1 to your steroe CDs & Dolby Surround material, a brushed, anodized-aluminum front panel to ensure chassis rigidity, world-renowned Wide-Range Amplifier Technology (WRAT) to provide better delivery of momentary power peaks from all software, including regular CDs and analog sources, and an intuitive ""Easy-Set"" feature to make speaker configuratuion swift, straightforward and simple. All in all, it's an incredible features/performance package for this price.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Worf101 a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 29, 2003

Bottom Line:   
I've tried other entry level AV receiver's from Sony and JVC. I find that the Onkyo 494 is a wonderful receiver for "first timers". I'm currently using it for surround sound on my home computer. I couldn't be happier with it. I found the set up surprisingly easy and sound is better than good for only pushing 50 Watts per channel in 5.1.

Plenty of inputs, plenty of versatility and I LOVE the fact that the damn thing has KNOBS. More bass, turn the knob, more treble... turn the knob. I love it so.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Ebay Auction



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Francis Jason Diaz a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: October 2, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Bought this unit as a starter receiver for my home and it sounds great. Crystal clear sound for music and excellent reproduction of movie soundtracks. Best receiver in its price range.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Cardinal Audio



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by smergy bird a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Great machine.
I use the DFX 6 plugin for sonique through my computer. 2 x 800 W, 2 x 100W.
Superior sound, I recommend it to any type of music listener.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   radio shack



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andrew Carew a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 15, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The Onkoy TX-DS494 is a marvel of modern engineering. The sound it produces is clean, crisp, and clear. I have infinity speakers set up for surrond sound (prolgic 2, Dolby digital). the analog pl 2 makes TV sound like your at a theater. The dolby digital matched with a fibre optic cable is intense.
I have had no prblems with this amp. Its looks are stylish and sleek. When matched with high end speakers you will be in audio heaven. For the money, this amp blows away its rivals in all aspects.
If you are looking for a great amp and don`t want to spend 1500 bucks try the onkyo trust me you'll love it.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   audiotronic



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by bru87tr a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2002

Bottom Line:   
i made the mistake of buying a htib system. it was a jvc vbk-6018 receiver 500 watts, with small sats and a 12" subwoofer with 120watts. i upgraded from a pioneer stereo with loudspeakers cause i wanted a 5.1 system as i watch alot of movies. it did what i though was good on movies and terrible for music. dont buy a jvc htib or any for that matter. they dont have the power even though they say 100watts a channel it is way under rated and the quality sucks! the speakers sounded hollow and not very real. the sub however was quite the brut and did a decent job but i believe that the jvc receiver over does the sib a bit. anyway..... i though the sats did what sats do and decided the center speaker needs the most help so i went through a few but all sounded distorted at low to high volumes and voices were not audiable. this is due to the receiver cant put out the power to a 2 speaker center channel as the center that came with the system always worked fine. so i finally figure (plus reading online reviews) that the likes of jvc, pioneer, sony, awia..etc are just crap and to buy something higher end. now im like most people and dont like to spend alot. i dont want money sunk into a audio system for the price of a used car or high monthly mortgage. i went out looking for a nicer receiver with true power ratings/output, behold onkyo!!!!!!!!!!! i got this puppy (a demo) for $150.00 at circuit city. brought it home and hooked it up to my new jbl nsp-1 home theater speakers and wow what a combo!!!!!! this receive and speaker system you would swear were meant to go together but this is coming form a guy who was using low end stuff so judge as you will, this is only by choice not cause i wanted to. anyway i used all monster cables and 14 gauge speaker wire. a beauty of a theater system!!!!!!! i played a demo dd/dts disc and my wife was next to me playing nintendo on another tv and she jumped out of her seat and looked behind her to see who or what was there (she never did that with the jvc system) and i just laughed, scared the crap out of her. now i sold the jvc receiver and speakers but did keep the sub and im so happy with my system, its complete in my eyes and does the job i want it to. now to touch on what ken said im the second person to complain about the center channel. breck: 20 watts ????? come on this is onkyo, your talking true full/true wattage!!!!

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2000

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   circuit city




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